Climate Change

EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners.

November 13, 2014--U.S.-China climate deal includes provision on water-energy research (Circle of Blue)

President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced on Wednesday new targets for reducing the amount of heat-trapping gases that their countries release into the atmosphere, a historic move that both sides hope will catalyze a global climate agreement in Paris next year to rein in carbon emissions and avoid the devastating ecolog


November 13, 2014--Lightning strikes will increase due to climate change--Pay attention Colorado (The Guardian)

Lightning will strike far more frequently in a world under climate change – but researchers can still not predict exactly where or when those strikes will occur.


November 12, 2014--Resilience in the face of Colorado’s water stress (Grand Junction Free Press)

On Nov. 5-6, water experts from around the West gathered at Colorado Mesa University for the fourth annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum. The theme was “Seeking a resilient future,” and the speakers offered rich food for thought on that topic.


November 10, 2014--Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones (Washington Post)

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous.


November 10, 2014--USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D (High Country News)

LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, uses lasers to create intricate three-dimensional maps in places where bad weather or thick vegetation hampered traditional aerial mapping.


November 4, 2014--Annapolis, the city with the most nuisance flooding (Washington Post)

Maryland’s next governor, Republican businessman Larry Hogan or Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, will run the state from Annapolis, the city with the most nuisance flooding of any municipality on the Atlantic coast.


November 3, 2014--Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season (Colorado Independent)

A delayed opening at two of Colorado’s biggest ski resorts is a sign that global warming is nipping away at both ends of the ski season. Both Keystone and Copper Mountain widely publicized Halloween openings, but last week, Copper reset its opening day to Nov. 7, and Keystone Resort officials say they will fire up the lifts as soon as they can. Breckenridge is scheduled to open Nov.


October 30, 2014--Hydropower may be huge source of methane emissions (Climate Central)

Imagine nearly 6,000 dairy cows doing what cows do, belching and being flatulent for a full year. That’s how much methane was emitted from one Ohio reservoir in 2012. Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don’t burn fossil fuels to produce electricity.


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